Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 29,089 patents and appear over 27,807 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little article new to the human ability base. As I cannot list all these patent assets here, the PatentYogi team has called the five most absorbing patent assets. Enjoy!

Patent #1. Ford cars will now come with a hoverboard (20190084364)

webrokRoger Staubach, the Hall-of-Fame football player and former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, once said, “There are no cartage jams along the extra mile.” This might be true for sports; however, in cities across the world, the last mile travel is a major botheration for travelers. Often, people have to park their cars far away from the target area due to cartage bottleneck in the city centers.

A afresh appear patent application from Ford describes a unique band-aid to accommodate last mile connectivity. Ford plans to sell cars with ‘hoverboards.’ When required, you can mount the hoverboard to reach your target location. The hoverboard has a light and sturdy belvedere made up of carbon fiber. It also has Mecanum wheels to accommodate stable, and omnidirectional movement capabilities. Other appearance accommodate obstacle audition and automatic balancing.

What’s even more absorbing is that the hoverboard can be used with extensions like wheelchairs. You can stow it in the back of your car, as shown in figure above. With a range of 5 miles on a single charge, the hoverboard will help you get through a day’s activities after breaking a sweat.

Patent #2. Nike’s new self-lacing shoe is even more absorbing (20190090589)

webrokNike is consistently coming up with new and absorbing shoe designs, the latest absolution coming in the form of the Nike Adapt BB, the first basketball shoe to affection power-lacing. If a afresh published patent application is to be believed, Nike is already attractive to advance on its latest release.

The new shoe appearance a power-lacing system with a automatic abbreviating device which will bind and loosen the laces, a ascendancy unit to ascendancy the tightening, and a battery. As shown in the figure above, the lace passes through ‘lace accepting members’ placed along the forefoot and midfoot area of the shoe. The abbreviating device is amid appear the heel allocation in a apartment and is removable.

What’s even more absorbing is that the ascendancy unit and the array are amid in the midsole, which is disposable to allow access to the ascendancy unit, and the array for repairing, or replacement. This is unique and hasn’t been seen in any Nike Adapt yet.

The power-lacing system automatically loosens or tightens the shoe based on the size and shape of your foot, and based on what you may be doing. For example, if you are running, and your feet start to swell, the shoe will loosen to advance a adequate fit. You can also ascendancy the applicable using your smartphone.  Nike also seems to be attractive to diversify, saying that the shoe could be a casual shoe, or could be a cleat for contest or football, or a basketball sneaker.

All we have to do now is wait for the shoe to drop in the market. Who’s copping a pair?

Patent #3. Disney patents industry revolutionizing automatic storyboarding system (20190107927)

webrokWalt Disney was known to use storyboarding to bound show and share advance on his projects to his team. Storyboarding is an important antecedent step in the artistic action of filmmaking, and is mostly done using specialized software acute manual inputs. All this may soon change. A afresh published patent application reveals an automatic storyboarding system invented by Disney.

The system takes in a script as textual input, and then analyzes and parses it using Natural Language Processing. Details like appearance names, locations, actions, and dialogs are acquired from the script. Likewise, affecting states, positions, and relationships are also extracted from the script.

Then, 2D or 3D visualizations are automatically generated assuming scene elements, including characters, props, and cameras in each scene. The visualizations are adapted in real time based on any updates that you make in the script. Another agitative affection is that the system will acclaim a camera shot (like a ‘long-shot’ or a ‘medium shot’) for each scene, as shown in the figure above.

The apparatus looks set to revamp and accommodate the entire storyboarding process.

Patent #4. Ford invents a abolitionist new agent charwoman system (20190091738)

webrokWith an advance in the number of ride-hailing apps, people are opting for communicable a ride  instead of active themselves, arch to cars being used as public transport. A archetypal cab will pick up and drop off 15 cartage a day. Cleanliness acutely becomes an issue as the number of cartage in a cab increases. A afresh published patent application from Ford describes an avant-garde band-aid to curb this rather new problem.

As shown in figure above, the patent appliance describes a agent charwoman system that receives ecology data including cabin clamminess data, cabin temperature data, cabin apparent sunlight data, apparent damp data, cabin airflow data, and the like, from assorted sensors in the car. This data is analyzed by an on-board computer to find out abeyant contaminants (e.g. bacteria, fungi, and virus), and actuate a appropriate UV dosage to clean the cabin.

The computer then adjusts the wavelength, intensity, and acknowledgment continuance of the UV light based on the appropriate UV dosage. The UV dosage is set so as not to harm the autogenous of the vehicle, like the autogenous trim, and moldings.

The computer also controls other cabin variables like temperature and damp to limit the growth of the contaminants. The computer also detects human attendance and stops operation of the UV light.

It charcoal to be seen how soon this system is implemented by auto manufacturers worldwide.  

Patent #5. IBM will now let you alteration data with just a look (20190089769)

webrokIBM has invented an eye contact-based advice alteration system. A afresh published patent application from IBM describes how you will be able to alteration advice with other users just through eye contact, almost telepathically, as shown in figure above.

For example, you could be giving a presentation to an audience, all cutting head army accessories like the Google Glass. During the presentation, if you need to alteration the presentation file to an admirers member, the two of you only need to make eye contact, which will lead to your head mount accessories acquainted each other through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC. Then, the file is transferred as long as the eye acquaintance is maintained.

Handy, isn’t it? Transferring advice just by a look is surely cool.

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